What is SoTL?


Scholarship of Teaching & Learning is the research of what happens in the classroom. Just as with other research in our disciplines, SoTL is public and open to evaluation. The goal is to create knowledge so others can build upon it; not only improve your own classroom, but also others’. As with other research, you not simply trying to “fix” a problem, but rather understand & probe it.


There is the underlying belief that teaching is scholarly work, and not simply collection of teaching tips.


What SoTL is not...

It is not simply reflective teaching, where an instructor improves their teaching by attending workshops & reading the pedagogy literature.

This is not education research or cognitive psychology. SoTL is discipline specific and not as concerned with formulating theories. SoTL usually relates to college students, rather then K-12 students.